18 January 2014 09:15 | By Sarah Hecks
Michelle Obama: The First Lady at 50

As Michelle Obama celebrates a milestone birthday, we take a look back at some of her key moments.



U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks during a visit to U.S. Marine Base Camp Pendleton in California (© REUTERS/K.C. Alfred)
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  • U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks during a visit to U.S. Marine Base Camp Pendleton in California (© REUTERS/K.C. Alfred)
  • Michelle, Barak and their daughters Malia (Right), and Sasha (Left) (© REUTERS/John Gress JG)
  • Michelle Obama and Barak Obama bump fists (© REUTERS/Eric Miller)
  • Michelle Obama (© REUTERS/Carlos Barria)
  • Michelle Obama flexes her arms (© REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
  • 2) U.S. first lady Michelle Obama cheers as graduates arrive in the auditorium at the graduation ceremony for the Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter High School in Washington (© REUTERS/Jason Reed)
  • Michelle Obama looks down at her notes (© REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)
  • Michelle Obama wipes lipstick from Barak Obama's mouth (© REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)
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As the wife of the 44th President of the United States, Michelle Obama has made an indelible impression with her signature style and equally impressive career. But she says that, first and foremost, she is "Mom in Chief" to daughters Malia and Sasha.

A former lawyer and civil servant, she is an advocate for working parents, military families and national service. Dubbed "The First Lady the World's Been Waiting For" by Vogue, Michelle says her intention as First Lady is to open up the White House, help working women, like herself, balance career and family, and end childhood obesity with her Let's Move! Initiative.

As the toned-armed powerhouse celebrates a milestone birthday on January 17, we take a look back at some of her key moments.

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